Patients Become Pawns for Profit in Recent Healthcare Fraud Case
On Wednesday the Department of Justice arrested 300 people, including doctors, home care providers, and nurses, for their involvement in the largest healthcare fraud scheme in US history. Those involved charged around $900 million dollars to Medicare and Medicaid for treatments such as home care and prescriptions that were deemed either medically unnecessary or weren’t ever performed (Vasilogambros). David Bowdich, FBI Associate Deputy Director, commented on the fraudulent billings stating, "These criminals target the most vulnerable in our society by taking money away from the care of the elderly, children and disabled” (Berlinger).
Berlinger, J. (2016, June). Hundreds arrested for $900 million worth of health care fraud. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/23/health/health-care-fraud-takedown/
Vasilogambros, M. (2016, June). The Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown in U.S. History
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